One thousand desires | An Ode to Mirza Ghalib

It has been more than 200 years since the birth of the great poet Ghalib but his poems continue to have a remarkable relevance to our time. His works, when recited with élan, still leave people spellbound. Born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, Takhallus Ghalib Ghalib (meaning, not surprisingly, ‘the most excellent’),  as he chose…

Wonder where this is?

This is the house of a famous son of Delhi. Do you know his name and where this house is located? Update: As pointed out by one of our readers, this is indeed the house of Mirza Ghalib, arguably the most famous poet of the country! Through the narrow alleys of Ballimaran off Chandni Chowk,…

Poetry in Stone

Little did I know before I started my discovery of Delhi that this was once a land of many poets. Khusrau, Rahim, Zauq, Ghalib and countless others gave to this city its beautiful culture of lyrical poetry over the centuries. I owe my discovery of one poet’s grave to that of another…and each of them…